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When Two Glamorous Worlds Collide: Fashion and Hotel Collaborations

The Essentials by Aman

Luxury hotels are collaborating with fashion designers on clothing ranges from one off limited editions to ongoing capsule collections or even creating their own brands.

Aman Resorts

Exclusive hotel brand Aman has launched a fashion collection inspired by its philosophy of creating sanctuaries in stunning locations and connecting guests to the spirit of a place. 

The Essentials by Aman, designed and made in Italy, comprises of active, swim, lounge, resort and knit wear plus accessories for men and women. The clean lines and subtle prints are inspired by Aman destinations while the colour palette is also drawn from Aman’s locations. Think warm terracotta for Amanjena, Marrakech; sea blue and deep green for the azure seas and olive groves of Amanzoe, Greece; and warm yellow for the desert landscapes of Amangiri, USA. 

The Essentials by Aman

“Creating The Essentials has allowed us to work with some exceptional artisans to select the very best materials,” says Kristina Romanova, director fo product development at Aman. “We hope our guests will see the expression of the Aman brand in each and every piece.”

The collection is exclusively available at Aman boutiques with the range slated to expand with the addition of leather accessories and fine jewellery this autumn.

Eden Rock-St Barths

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Eden Rock-St Barths

One of the world’s coolest clothing brands has collaborated with one of the most iconic hotels in Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Eden Rock-St Barths. “Off-White are huge fans of the island and there was a mutual desire to introduce a unique collection for those staying at Eden Rock – St Barths,” says a spokesperson for the hotel. 

The capsule collection features nine products for men and women and only 30 pieces are made of each. The island’s beach atmosphere is the inspiration for the range with fabrics such as raffia and linen and a colour palette of beige and blues. The label is only available at the Eden Being boutique at Eden Rock.

W Hotels

“Fashion is a fundamental part of W Hotels’ DNA,” says Jacob de Boer Dorrego, director of brand management for W Hotels. “Whenever possible, our hotels continue to support local designers and also sustainable practices.” 

Currently W Suzhou is partnering with fashion label Juma on a capsule collection of jumpsuits and separates which uses fabrics made from the hotel’s recycled water bottles and is available for sale at the hotel’s store. And W Maldives is collaborating with Hong Kong menswear label Mazu Resortwear to create two exclusive swim shorts with each pair made out of 12 salvaged plastic bottles. 

Le Sirenuse  

Emporia Sirens

The exclusive Positano hotel has its own eponymous clothing line, rebranding as Emporio Sirenuse this year, designed by Carla Sersale (who runs Le Sirenuse with her husband) and her niece Viola Parrocchetti. The idea behind the resort brand is to pay homage to the artists and writers who’ve been drawn to the Amalfi Coast since the 19th century. As Viola says, “There’s more depth to the setting than the Vespa and a basket of lemons”. Instead classical cultures and romantic visions are depicted in the prints and embroideries of the sophisticated men’s and women’s wear. 

Three collections – resort, spring/summer and high summer – are designed a year and is sold in the boutique at Le Sirenuse Hotel as well as online and at high end retailers worldwide.

One & Only 

Jay Ahr’s bespoke Louis Vuitton designs for One & Only

One & Only Heritage by Jay Ahr is a limited edition collection of bespoke, vintage Louis Vuitton travel bags. Jay Ahr designer Jonathan Riss mastered the art of embroidery in Mumbai and specialises in customising pre owned, exclusive designer bags. His approach of incorporating local inspiration in the designs seems a perfect fit for a hotel company with worldwide locations. 

Riss embroiders each LV Keepall duffle bag with motifs inspired by the particular location and culture of each of the group’s ten resorts. Just two bags are designed for each hotel and as such they are only available for purchase from One & Only. 

Mandarin Oriental 

Orlebar Brown for Mandarin Oriental

Orlebar Brown, known for its tailored swim shorts, is no stranger to collaborations most recently for the Mandarin Oriental. The London label has designed versions of its mid length Bulldog style for the MO featuring striking photography of the Mandarin Orientals outdoor, coastal pool sides in Dubai, Miami, Canouan, Bodrum, Sanya and Lake Como. An additional style features the hotel group’s famous Fan logo in a geometric jacquard design and is available from the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Cheval Blanc Randheli 

Deluxe resort wear designer Nadine Arton has an on-going collaboration with Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives.

The designer specialises in glamorous kaftans and floaty dresses which are perfect for wafting around the exclusive LVMH owned island resort. Arton creates exclusive pieces for the hotel three to four times a year which are available at the resort’s chic Concept Store. The boutique also carries LVMH labels such as Fendi sunglasses and Hublot watches.

Five Luxury Family Holidays in Asia

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Villas overlooking the rice field at Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Luxury resorts catering to multigenerations have evolved enormously in recent years offering children’s cooking classes and spa treatments to wildlife excursions and cultural activities for the whole family. And multigenerational or 3G holidays where grandparents, parents and kids holiday together, are on the rise fuelling even more demand for a great family getaway. Here are five of the best luxury resorts in Asia that offer more than the usual kid’s clubs.

Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

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Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

This northern Thai resort resembles an impressive film set of a Lanna style enclave. A paddy field at its heart is surrounded by two storey teak villas some with their own pools. Both kids and adults can ride on the paddy’s resident water buffalo and learn about rice planting (above). Over at the rustic Arts and Crafts Village families can try out traditional Lanna skills such as rice pounding, bamboo weaving and paper cutting. There are also child specific activities including meditation and yoga in a one hundred year old wooden house. Leaving parents free to visit the stunning spa.

http://www.dharadhevi.com

The Datai, Langkawi

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The Datai, Langkawi

With its enchanting rainforest setting, The Datai has access to mangroves and waterways as well as being close to the sea. Accommodation spans rooms in the main house to Rainforest or Beach Villas. There’s a variety of restaurants too most beguiling of which is the treehouse like Pavilion, on 30 metres high stilts and shaded by the forest (above). Monkeys roam freely around the resort. Resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak guides complementary morning and evening walks through the rainforest pointing out plants and wildlife such as flying lemurs. Families may book a number of adventures including kayaking through the mangroves to spot kingfishers and eagles, trekking though the jungle and swimming in natural pools.

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Children’s Beach Combing at The Datai

http://www.thedatai.com

[UPDATE: The Datai closed on September 4th 2017 for refurbishment and will re open July 2018]

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

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Teens’ Club at Cheval Blanc Randheli

Part of the prestigious Cheval Blanc stable, Randheli has been slickly designed by the starchitect Jean-Michel Gathy. There are trademark romantic over-water pavilions but also family friendly Island villas which have two bedrooms and a large outside dining area. No details have been overlooked with specially designed mini furniture and food and drink menus for kids. As well as dedicated play areas for children and teenagers with wall to wall activities, the resort organises Mini Olympics where the whole family can take part in swim races, volleyball, beach football and rope pulling. Finished off with a barbecue on the beach.

http://www.randheli.chevalblanc.com/en

Soori, Bali

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Pool villa at Alila Villas Soori

Soori, on the quieter West coast of Bali, is an all-villa resort, all of which with plunge pools and most have direct access to the beach. The pared back, modern design carries on in the restaurants (though in villa dining is very popular here) and the spa (which has children’s treatments). Journeys for the Little Ones offer children an insight into local life and culture. Choose from visiting a nearby bat cave, traditional Balinese kite making (and flying), creating terracotta pieces with a local craftsman, learning to bake with the pastry chef or dressing up and learning to dance like a Balinese princess. Move over Disney.

http://www.sooribali.com

Amanpuri, Phuket

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A pool villa at Amanpuri

Set in a coconut grove on an isolated peninsula of the island, Amanpuri is designed to appeal as much to Aman Juniors as Aman Junkies. Two bedroomed pavilions overlooking the sea come with a private swimming pool and outdoor dining area. With their parents present, Aman Juniors may try spa treatments, snorkel and kayak in the Andaman Sea or take a dingy out to an ocean platform to feed the fish. Amanpuri also has its own fleet of boats from sleek yachts to a Chinese junk for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving or a cruise to nearby islands.

http://www.aman.com/resorts/amanpuri

Best Luxury Family Friendly Hotels in Asia

12 North Rice Fields (Villa Zone)_re

Villas overlooking the rice field at Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Luxury resorts catering to multigenerations have evolved enormously in recent years offering children’s cooking classes and spa treatments to wildlife excursions and cultural activities for the whole family. And multigenerational or 3G holidays where grandparents, parents and kids holiday together, are on the rise fuelling even more demand for a great family getaway. Here are six of the best, five star hotels in Asia that offer more than the usual kid’s clubs.

The Peninsula, Hong Kong

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The Peninsula Hong Kong

 

In the Kids On Us programme (available until December 2016) children under 12 staying at The Peninsula Hong Kong and dining with their parents for lunch or dinner can enjoy the Kids Menu for free. Between July 1st and August 31st there’s also a Kid’s Buffet offered at The Verandah restaurant including a designated sweetie bar.

Children are provided with adorable slippers and robes featuring The Peninsula bear and various family friendly activities are offered by the hotel. A Little Pastry Chef’s Adventure offers children aged four to 10 years old the chance to learn how to bake and decorate cakes.

http://www.hongkong.peninsula.com

 

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The Peninsula Hong Kong

 

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Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

This northern Thai resort resembles an impressive film set of a Lanna style enclave. A paddy field at its heart is surrounded by two storey teak villas some with their own pools. Both kids and adults can ride on the paddy’s resident water buffalo and learn about rice planting (above). Over at the rustic Arts and Crafts Village families can try out traditional Lanna skills such as rice pounding, bamboo weaving and paper cutting. There are also child specific activities including meditation and yoga in a one hundred year old wooden house. Leaving parents free to visit the stunning spa.
dharadhevi.com

The-Datai treehouse restaurant.jpg

The Datai, Langkawi

The Datai, Langkawi
With its enchanting rainforest setting, The Datai has access to mangroves and waterways as well as being close to the sea. Accommodation spans rooms in the main house to Rainforest or Beach Villas. There’s a variety of restaurants too most beguiling of which is the treehouse like Pavilion, on 30 metres high stilts and shaded by the forest (above). Monkeys roam freely around the resort. Resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak guides complementary morning and evening walks through the rainforest pointing out plants and wildlife such as flying lemurs. Families may book a number of adventures including kayaking through the mangroves to spot kingfishers and eagles, trekking though the jungle and swimming in natural pools.

Thedatai.com

The Datai kids' wildlife tour.jpg

Children’s Beach Combing at The Datai

 

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Teens’ Club at Cheval Blanc Randheli

 

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Part of the prestigious Cheval Blanc stable, Randheli has been slickly designed by the starchitect Jean-Michel Gathy. There are trademark romantic over-water pavilions but also family friendly Island villas which have two bedrooms and a large outside dining area. No details have been overlooked with specially designed mini furniture and food and drink menus for kids. As well as dedicated play areas for children and teenagers with wall to wall activities, the resort organises Mini Olympics where the whole family can take part in swim races, volleyball, beach football and rope pulling. Finished off with a barbecue on the beach.
randheli.chevalblanc.com/en

soori-gallery-07

Pool villa at Alila Villas Soori

Alila Villas Soori, Bali
Soori, on the quieter West coast of Bali, is an all-villa resort, all of which with plunge pools and most have direct access to the beach. The pared back, modern design carries on in the restaurants (though in villa dining is very popular here) and the spa (which has children’s treatments). Alila are known for their Journeys – offering guests an insight into local life and culture – at Soori they have Journeys tailor made for children. Choose from traditional Balinese kite making (and flying), creating terracotta pieces with a local craftsman, learning to bake with the pastry chef or dressing up and learning to dance like a Balinese princess. Move over Disney.
http://www.sooribali.com

[UPDATE: The resort has been renamed Soori Bali and is no longer part of the Alila group as result of a management buy out by founder and architect Soo Chan.]

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A pool villa at Amanpuri

Amanpuri, Phuket
Set in a coconut grove on an isolated peninsula of the island, Amanpuri is designed to appeal as much to Aman Juniors as Aman Junkies. Two bedroomed pavilions overlooking the sea come with a private swimming pool and outdoor dining area. With their parents present, Aman Juniors may try spa treatments, snorkel and kayak in the Andaman Sea or take a dingy out to an ocean platform to feed the fish. Amanpuri also has its own fleet of boats from sleek yachts to a Chinese junk for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving or a cruise to nearby islands.
aman.com/resorts/amanpuri

The Starriest of Starchitects

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Cheval Blanc Randheli

 

[UPDATE: Jean-Michel Gathy’s newly designed Four Seasons Bangkok, along the Chao Phraya river near the Peninsula, is now accepting bookings for early 2020.]

A conversation with Jean-Michel Gathy, probably the world’s top architect of exclusive hotel resorts, is an entertaining reel of anecdotes, ideas and design history delivered at lightening pace. At the start of the interview, over the telephone from Gathy’s Kuala Lumpur office (he’s lived in Asia for 33 years), he asks: “Are you taking notes or recording? It determines what speed I talk at.”

Think of an iconic hotel – The Setai Miami perhaps, or maybe the Chedi Oman or the Aman at the Summer Palace – and chances are Gathy designed it. Last year his nine hotel openings included the Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives, Point Yamu by Como Shambhala on Phuket and two Amans (a brand he has become synonymous with) including the Canal Grande Venice, venue of the much hyped George Clooney wedding. With over 40 years in the industry, the luxury hotel market is Gathy’s oyster, so how does he go about choosing?

“First of all it’s gut feeling. I just feel that I would like that project. Secondly I have to feel good about the hotel operator. That’s fundamentally important.” He reels off a list of five star-plus hotel groups as fitting the bill. “Thirdly, I have to feel that it’s a client who is passionate, that it’s not just a business.”

What about a client who may want to hire Gathy just for his name? “I have this situation often. When that’s the case we always say no.”

LVMH, Cheval Blanc, Randheli

His company – Denniston, formed in 1983 – currently has 13 hotels in construction. An impressive seven out of 10 pitches come to fruition. “That is unreal,” Gathy says. “Most people get one out of ten.” He thinks his three point pre selection is part of the success as he rejects what he’s not sure of. “And because we’re not newcomers, the people who contact us are a certain section of the market. You’re British?” I reply affirmative. “Well, If I’m [Wayne] Rooney I’m only going to get calls from Real Madrid and Barcelona – top class teams.”

How it usually works is that the land owner will contact Gathy and he’ll ask which hotels they are pitching to. “If they tell me that they’re negotiating with five star hotels, that’s fine. If they say [names a number of mid market hotel chains] I’m not interested.”

And if you hire Denniston, you get Jean-Michel Gathy himself. “I’m the one person who will go and see the site. I’m like Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel, I design I’m not doing management,” he says. “When I visit the site, I’m like a little boy in a toy shop. I just walk about, look at the view, what the prevailing winds are… I’m extremely thorough in my investigation of the site. Within the first day I have decided. I know how it’s going to look, which way it’s going to face and know the organizational circulation…“People ask me how do you see this? And I say I have no idea! I love geography, I love maps, always have since I was a child. And I love nature, so did my father. It’s just inside me. Like a musician or an artist. It’s my strength. And so far it works!”

LVMH, Cheval Blanc, Randheli

He pin points the upcoming Mandarin Oriental in Bali, one of three projects along with Raffles and Fairmont he has on the go on the Indonesian island. “We had the ground breaking ceremony today and they said out of 250 hectares why did you choose this specific spot for the hotel? No one would choose it. They were just stunned.”

Gathy is particularly excited about this project as he is about Bali itself, a place where he’s lived along with Hong Kong and Singapore, before Malaysia. “Everything has been done in Bali. You have the most beautiful and disgusting architecture.”

The Mandarin won’t be a pastiche of Balinese design: “There won’t be thatched roofs, the Mandarin will be nothing to do with Balinese architecture but everything to do with Balinese culture. We’ve translated Balinese values and respected the materials.”

LVMH, Cheval Blanc, Randheli

His newest project, a One & Only in Montenegro, invokes similar emotions of fear and excitement. “I thought, Jean-Michel, what the hell are you doing to yourself?” he says. Based on the hotel’s location and the history of the Silk Route he’s combined Ottoman, Balkan and Venetian ideas. “Yesterday, I submitted the presentation and I was so excited.” He gives a little chuckle, “I think we just nailed it.”

At least four hotels are in the works in mainland China and with the growing Chinese market comes differing needs. “You must have retail in a hotel in China otherwise you’re wasting your time,” says Gathy. “The Chinese don’t like the sun so you need a swimming pool with shade and huge TVs in the bedrooms.”

As for his own holidays he likes active ones – previously skiing but these days safaris which he is passionate about, “I love and worship those times in the jeep. I must have been to 50 camps”. On a city break he likes to get out and explore. “I don’t spend time in the hotel as then I critique and that tires me.”

LVMH, Cheval Blanc, Randheli

Having started several trends from over-water hammocks to statement swimming pools and spa like bathrooms how does he feel about seeing his vision replicated in hotels around the world? “It flatters me. It’s good for the ego,” he says. “One day the guy who copies me will beat me and good for him but that day is not here yet.”

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